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Top al-Qaeda Commander Under Wraps

From ABC News' The Blotter, word that Pakistani intel & security forces have arrested Matiur Rehman, known to have frequent contact with al-Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri an involved in the recent UK plot to bomb 10 US-bound airliners from London's Heathrow airport.

A senior al Qaeda commander allegedly tied to the London airplane bomb plot has been arrested in Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence and law enforcement officials have told ABC News. Matiur Rehman, one of the most wanted men in Pakistan, is known to have met with the alleged plot ringleader Rashid Rauf, according to the officials.

Rehman’s capture could provide the most important leads in months to the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s top two leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. Rehman was believed to be in frequent contact with Zawahiri.

Rehman was taken into custody in the southern Punjab city of Bawalpur, the same town where alleged London plot ringleader Rashid Rauf was arrested last week. ABC News saw a copy of the police report on Rehman, with an attached copy of his photo.

This is an incredibly important development and may lead to information on the whereabouts of Usama bin Laden and Zawahiri, among others atop al-Qaeda's thriving command structure.

Many will likely believe it better that he is in the hands of Pakistani interrogators than Americans, assuming their will to rid themselves of bin Laden and his ilk is equal to ours.